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SNP Scotland Bill demands crumble

March 21, 2012 10:19 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government have agreed to the Scotland Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP"The SNP will be red faced after their demands for rushed extra powers crumbled under scrutiny.

"Just months ago they described the Scotland Bill as a poison pill, dog's breakfast and dangerous. They also insisted on the rushed delivery of Full Fiscal Autonomy and the grandly titled Six Demands. But after all their hot air they have ditched their demands and concerns and now support the Scotland Bill.

"The SNP are either the worst negotiators in the Northern Hemisphere or were embarrassed that their extra power plans crumbled under the slightest examination.

"The Scotland Bill's package of powers are radical and extensive and now is the time to start debating how they might be used. The power to set a Scottish rate of income tax and control stamp duty, and the potential to create new taxes and to borrow capital for investment will give MSPs the power to make real changes in Scotland, for the people of Scotland.

"The strength of this package comes from the cross-party and expert work that went into it over a long period of time.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have been a driving force in every extension of new powers to Scotland: the Constitutional Convention, the Calman Commission, and now the Scotland Bill which is being taken through Westminster by Michael Moore, a Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary."